Coverage rates of a range of vaccinations recommended for children and adolescents increased between 2010 and 2011, according to the results of surveys reported in recent editions of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly
. However, coverage rates of a number of vaccinations continue to fall short of targets.
For children aged 19 to 35 months, coverage rates remained above the target of 90% for at least 1 dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (91.6%), at least 3 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine (91.1%), at least 3 doses of the poliovirus vaccine (93.9%), and at least 1 dose of the varicella vaccine (90.8%). In addition, coverage with the rotavirus vaccine increased from 59.2% in 2010 to 67.3% in 2011, and coverage with the full series of Haemophilus influenzae
type b vaccine increased from 66.8% to 80.4%.
For adolescents aged 13 to 17 years, coverage with at least 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine increased from 68.7% in 2010 to 78.2% in 2011; coverage with meningococcal conjugate vaccine increased from 62.7% to 70.5%. For girls, coverage with at least 1 dose of human papillomavirus vaccine increased from 48.7% to 53.0%. However, of these vaccines, only the Tdap coverage rate for adolescents aged 13 to 15 years is currently meeting the target.